BANGOR, Maine — A Sangerville man and woman were sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to 57 and 47 months, respectively, in federal prison for selling a machine gun to an undercover agent nearly two years ago.
U.S. District Judge John Woodcock also sentenced Dennis Chase and Mary Chase, both 55, to three years each of supervised release after they complete their prison terms. His sentence was longer because he has a criminal history that includes a felony conviction in 1995.
Each defendant faced a maximum of five years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
Mary Chase pleaded guilty in August to conspiracy to transfer a machine and transferring a machine gun. Her husband pleaded guilty last month to the conspiracy charge. Both have been held without bail since entering their guilty pleas.
Mary Chase admitted selling a machine gun for $2,000 to an undercover agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on March 22, 2007.
Court documents do not state where in Maine the gun was sold.
She contacted the agent again the next month and told him that the owner for whom she sold the gun was upset at not getting more money for it. Court documents do not identify the owner,
On Aug. 24, 2007, the Chases met again with the agent, according to court documents. He gave them an additional $500. Last December, the couple were indicted on the charges by a federal grand jury in Bangor.
They were arrested that month and agents found more than eight guns in their home, according to court documents. They both admitted to using cocaine and marijuana, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which prosecuted the case. The judge took those admissions into account in imposing the sentences.